Caerphilly Castle is a medieval castle in the town of Caerphilly, which is around seven miles from the capital city, Cardiff. The castle was built by Gilbert de Clare in the 13th century, during his campaign to conquer Glamorgan. The castle is surrounded by an extensive network of artificial lakes, said to be the most elaborate water defences in Britain, and occupies a 30-acre site. After Windsor Castle, it is the second largest castle in Britain. It is famous for introducing concentric castle defences to Britain, and it changed the way that subsequent castles were built.
If you’re looking for accommodation close to Caerphilly Castle, you can choose from a wide selection of two, three or four star hotels and guesthouses. You will still be able to get to the shops, restaurants, pubs and attractions of the city centre without difficulty.
The countryside around Caerphilly is a paradise for walkers, cyclists and mountain bikers, with many trails and routes leading through woodlands and wetlands. You can rent bicycles close to your hotel. Some of the areas you might like to explore include Sirhowy Valley Country Park and Cwmcarn Forest. Other leisure activities available in the area include climbing, fishing, golf, horse riding and shooting.
A short drive from Caerphilly Castle, Llancaiach Fawr Manor is a Tudor manor house built around 1530. It is one of the best examples of a semi-fortified manor house remaining in Wales. King Charles I visited the house for lunch on 5 August 1645, to raise support for the Royalist cause. The building today has been restored and furnished as it would have been in 1645, and has been used in a number of television and film productions. In addition, the house is considered by paranormal enthusiasts to be one of the most haunted in the United Kingdom.
The Visit Caerphilly Centre will help you make the most of your stay in the area, by offering advice to help you plan your itinerary and providing information on local attractions. The centre also boasts a gift shop, selling good quality locally made crafts and food products, including the famous Caerphilly cheese, and an excellent cafe where you can enjoy a coffee and excellent views of the castle.
If you’d like to stay in accommodation in the area around Caerphilly Castle you have a wide choice of hotels, with a level of luxury, from 2 star to 4 star establishments. You will still be within easy reach of Cardiff and its many attractions, but you will also be able to take advantage of the attractions around Caerphilly and the beautiful countryside that surrounds it.
Whatever your tastes and budget, you are sure to find suitable accommodation close to Caerphilly Castle by booking through Expedia, and depending on your choice you can expect such creature comforts as free Wi-Fi, televisions, telephones, hairdryers, ironing boards, on-site restaurants, coffee and tea-makers, room service, dry cleaning and laundry services, business services, private bathrooms and more.